Boxing’s only octuple world champion Manny Pacquiao seems ready to begin the second innings of his life as a political maestro in the Philippines after announcing retirement from boxing. He already saw success in his political run after becoming a Senator in his home country. Pacquiao now wants to upgrade his stance and take a higher position as the President of The Philippines, with the motive to serve his people better.
That said, ‘Pac-Man’ doesn’t seem to have changed his success mantra in the new phase. Aged 42, Pacquiao overcame extreme poverty and challenges to reach where he is at today. He was also looked down at by several people in the early years of his in-ring career. But Pacquiao rose above all of it and made his aura reach every corner of the world.
He recently posted a picture on Twitter and revealed eight factors that he believes would be the path to any success story. Manny Pacquiao wrote, “8 Powerful statements for the day: 1. Have faith 2. Stay strong 3. Never give up 4. Be grateful 5. Work hard 6. Stay humble 7. Be kind 8. Keep smiling.”
Aged 42, Pacquiao entered the ring in August 2021 against WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas. He was being favored to win. But Pacquiao felt the impact of the aging process and fell prey to Ugas’ sharp movement. Following the loss, Pacquiao declared it to be his last fight and took a serious plunge in his political career.
Manny Pacquiao has always been a role model to several people all over the world, especially his countrymen. He has fought for over 20 years in boxing, generating the richest fight ever in the sport’s history against Floyd Mayweather in 2015.
Be it inside or outside the ring, the fans have mostly favored Pacquiao. Despite amassing an all-time great status, he never showboated his achievements too brightly. Neither did he get into trash-talkings with his opponents. Instead, Pacquiao’s face-offs were mostly humorous and filled with fun moments.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
While ‘Pac-Man’ seems done with boxing, we can still see him active in the sporting community.
Per reports, Pacquiao can face former rival Mayweather in a charitable basketball game this year. Thus, we may not have seen the last of him in action, and there’s much more left in the tank.